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Governor Ajimobi home and dry as Tribunal strikes out Ladoja’s suit

Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi has defeated his fiercest opponet, one-time Oyo Governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja again.

This time his victory was at the Court of Appeal where a five-man panel sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday unanimously struck out the petition filed by Ladoja, the candidate of the Accord Party.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Senator Ladoja had approached the court headed by Justice M. Saulawa to challenge the ruling of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan.

The tribunal had on August 18 struck out an application filed by Ladoja seeking the leave of the court to call in a forensic analyst to tender the report made on the inspection of ballot papers and ballot boxes.

Ladoja had filed a petition challenging the declaration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the April 11 governorship election in Oyo State. Justice Saulawa, dismissed the entire case and upheld the ruling of the tribunal.

Saulawa ruled: “Handing a different ruling will be an exercise in futility.
“The appeal is dismissed in its entirety and the ruling of the lower tribunal on August 18 is upheld.”

The court also said that the grounds for appeal was incompetent. The application to incorporate a fresh issue by the appellant was also dismissed.

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